A Drinking Life: A Memoir
As a child during the Depression and World War II, Pete Hamill learned early that drinking was an essential part of being a man, inseparable from the rituals of celebration, mourning, friendship, romance, and religion. Only later did he discover its ability to destroy any writer's most valuable tools: clarity, consciousness, memory. In A Drinking Life, Hamill explains how alcohol slowly became a part of his life, and how he ultimately left it behind. Along the way, he summons the mood of an America that is gone forever, with the bittersweet fondness of a lifelong New Yorker.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ritaer - LibraryThing
A moving memoir of a life that came close to being destroyed by drinking, not the drinking of merely an anguished individual but of a class and a race, the working Irish of New York. Hard work and occasional heartbreak made bearable by the camaraderie of the bars and parties. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bookczuk - LibraryThing
Pete Hamill has been one of my favorite authors and writers for a long time. This book covers ground and was published entirely before he entered my awareness. The story of his boyhood in Brooklyn, in ... Read full review